Comelec: 54.4M registered voters for 2016 polls

Michael Bueza
The Comelec also sets up more clustered precincts for the national and local elections on May 9

VOTERS' REGISTRATION. Voters fill out forms as they register at a Commission on Elections office in Quezon City on October 30, 2015, a day before the deadline for voters to register. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Over 54 million Filipinos have signed up to vote in the 2016 national and local elections on May 9.

According to the final report of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), there are 54,363,844 registered voters nationwide for the 2016 polls.

This does not include yet the 1,376,067 registered overseas Filipino voters (OFV).

The 2016 figure is higher than the 52,014,648 registered voters during the 2013 midterm elections. Meanwhile, in the most recent October 2013 barangay (village) elections, there were 53,786,223 voters who signed up.

Region Registered Voters (2016)
Cordillera Administrative Region 906,162
Region I – Ilocos Region 2,950,775
Region II – Cagayan Valley 1,920,952
Region III – Central Luzon 6,056,392
National Capital Region 6,253,249
Region IV-A – Calabarzon 7,619,272
Region IV-B – Mimaropa 1,589,326
Region V – Bicol Region 3,121,662
Region VI – Western Visayas 4,242,153
Region VII – Central Visayas 4,375,756
Region VIII – Eastern Visayas 2,698,880
Region IX – Zamboanga Peninsula 1,931,795
Region X – Northern Mindanao 2,541,331
Region XI – Davao Region 2,659,704
Region XII – Soccsksargen 2,086,112
Caraga Region 1,547,093
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao 1,863,230

Also not included in the 2016 totals are the estimated 2.5 million voters whose records have been deactivated due to non-compliance with the Comelec’s “No Bio, No Boto” (no biometrics, no vote) policy.

Under Republic Act 10367, a voter needs to have his or her biometrics taken before he or she can vote in the May 2016 elections and in succeeding polls. The Comelec explained that this is meant to cleanse the voters’ list.

Leftist group leaders, including Kabataan party-list representative Terry Ridon, filed a petition before the Supreme Court in late November, arguing that the “No Bio, No Boto” policy is unconstitutional.

But in December, the Supreme Court dismissed their petition for lack of merit.

The Comelec later noted that the voters with incomplete or corrupted biometrics data can still vote in May. Only those completely without biometrics data will not be able to vote, due to the deactivation of their voter records.

More clustered precincts

Meanwhile, the Comelec has increased the number of clustered precincts for 2016.

There will be a total of 92,509 clustered precincts on May 9, based on the poll body’s latest project of precincts.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said this is because the number of voters per precinct was reduced to 800.

In the 2013 midterm polls, there were 77,829 clustered precincts, with 1,000 voters assigned per precinct. – Rappler.com

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct number of registered voters, after the Comelec resolved some discrepancies in the December 2015 report that Rappler had obtained.

Michael Bueza

Michael is a data curator under Rappler's Tech Team. He works on data about elections, governance, and the budget. He also follows the Philippine pro wrestling scene and the WWE. Michael is also part of the Laffler Talk podcast trio.